posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 08:31 PM
As I said, I ordered mine and I really believe it will make a difference in my life.
But this is ATS and I did some more research tonight and came across this article that put a different spin on the importance of vC and even made me
doubt Dr. Pauling's cred a bit.
The Dark Side of Linus Pauling's Legacy
It seems that mega dosing vit C may even have harmful side effects, but Dr. Pauling chose to ignore the studies when he was promoting his vitamin C
In 1994, Robinson and two colleagues summarized the results of four mouse studies he had carried out while working at the Pauling Institute .
Nearly all of the mice developed skin cancers (squamous cell carcinomas) following exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Altogether, 1,846 hairless mice
received a total of 38 different diets. The researchers found that (a) the rate of onset and severity of tumors could be varied as much as 20-fold by
just modifying dietary balance; (b) diets with the worst balance of nutrients had the greatest inhibitory effect on cancer growth; and (c) no cures or
remissions were observed (although the researchers were not looking for this). In 1999, Robinson commented:
The results of these experiments caused an argument between Linus and me, which ended our 16-year period of work together. He was not willing to
accept the experimentally proved fact that vitamin C in ordinary doses accelerated the growth rate of squamous cell carcinoma in these mice.
At the time, Linus was promoting his claim that "75% of all cancer can be prevented and cured by vitamin C alone." This claim proved to be
without experimental foundation and not true. . . . Vitamin C increased the rate of growth of cancer at human equivalents of 1 to 5 grams per day, but
suppressed the cancer growth rate at doses on the order of 100 grams per day (near the lethal dose), as do other measures of malnutrition .
It also seems Dr. Pauling had major corporate backing from the world's largest vit C manufacturer, the pharmaceutical giant Hoffmann-La Roche,
helping to influence his studies and endorsements.
Here's a closing quote from Dr. Stephen Barrett, who wrote the article. Made me feel like I just bought into the hype and ordered Potassium Iodide
Although Pauling's megavitamin claims lacked the evidence needed for acceptance by the scientific community, they have been accepted by large numbers
of people who lack the scientific expertise to evaluate them. Thanks largely to Pauling's prestige, annual vitamin C sales in the United States have
been in the hundreds of millions of dollars for many years. Pauling also played a role in the health food industry's successful campaign to weaken
FDA consumer protections laws. The Linus Pauling Institute that bears his name has evolved into a respectable organization. But Pauling's irrational
advice about supplements continues to lead people astray.
I hope there is truth to the claimed benefits of vitamin C on the human body; and also I hope the claims on it being carcinogenic are equally untrue.
Mine should be here in a few days, I'm giving it a go anyway.